Buckeye Farm News
Carol Wagner, Washington County
Carol Wagner was raised on a beef and produce farm in Washington County and was a 4-H member for more than 10 years. Today she is involved in Farm Bureau thanks to her companion Steve Brown, who introduced her to the organization when he served on the county board of trustees. Together they have served as membership committee chairmen and chairmen of the Washington County Farm Bureau food stand at the county fair (coming up Labor Day weekend). They also have helped with numerous special events through their catering service C&S Smok’in BBQ based in Reno.
“We like what Farm Bureau fights for—the nation, freedom for farmers to grow and produce. I love what it does for agriculture,” she said. She also said she loves the agricultural education materials that are put in the schools. She and Brown are big supporters of FFA and 4-H. “They call us a lot for our catering business, and we give them a price break because we believe in it.” They also purchase locally all the fresh fruits and vegetables available for their catering business.
Wagner and Brown reside on 75 acres where they have donkeys, some beef cattle and woodlands for hunting. Wagner has one child and two grandchildren. In addition to catering, she works full-time at the Degussa company’s carbon black plant in the shipping department.
Chris Henney, director of legislative relations
Chris Henney joined the Ohio Farm Bureau staff in 1998 as organization director. He also has served Farm Bureau as director of agricultural ecology programs and director of policy development and now is director of legislative relations. Among his duties, he represents the organization before the Ohio General Assembly and agencies and departments of state government, handles issues related to rural and economic development and coordinates the advisory council program.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University and completed his MBA from Capital University this year. The Delaware County native was a participant in 4-H and FFA and raised feeder calves, hogs and horses. He and his wife, Beth, are parents of Aidan and are members of St. Catherine’s Parish in Bexley.
“Although I live in the city now, agriculture and rural life is an important part of who I am. I believe in the work we do at the Farm Bureau and truly enjoy helping our members,” he said.